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Global Urban Perspectives

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What is Global Urban Perspectives all about?

Transforming students by raising their awareness of urban issues and mobilizing them to live out the incarnational gospel in cities around the world. 

Mission: Equipping students to thrive in an increasingly urban world by partnering on-campus communities in service with global organizations.

He has shown you O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you; but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

How to Get Involved!

GUP offers campus events throughout the school year and summer immersion programs to different locations both domestic and abroad. Reach out to oco.gup@my.wheaton.edu if you are interested in learning more or taking next steps!

Potential Locations for Summer 2021 include:

ANTICIPATED - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the second largest country in Africa with 110 million people, the diplomatic capital of the continent, and a symbol of African dignity and freedom because of its ancient history and resistance to colonialism. The country combines some of the worst poverty in the world with some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world. It is a land of origins, intersections, and paradoxes that provokes deep thought, feeling, and calling. Students will join in partnership with the Institute for Christianity and the Common Good, an organization committed to nurturing Christian imagination and human flourishing in Ethiopia for the world by providing high quality teaching, mentoring, and writing focused on neighbor-love for the poor and oppressed. Student involvement may include planning and executing youth workshops in Addis and around the country on vital topics like loving enemies, community service, and peacemaking. They may also have opportunities to serve alongside organizations working with street children, orphan care, feminism and women's rights, life-skills training, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurialism, theological education, ecumenism, and policy research.

ANTICIPATED - Mexico City, Mexico

In order to effect holistic change in urban poor communities, Urban Mosaic works through a variety of initiatives from church planting and coaching, to youth and family programs, to advocacy, counseling, and health services. During the summer, students help run summer courses for youth and children, and special workshops based on the skills of the interns. In 2020, Urban Mosaic will be launching an Urban Leadership School that involves a theology/learning component and then practical applications. Students will be able to participate in the program alongside community members.  They will also have the opportunity of living with host families and getting an in-depth perspective of the opportunities and challenges of a contemporary urban slum context.

ANTICIPATED - Chicago, Illinois

Students partner with Sunshine Gospel Ministries in the Woodlawn community on the South side of Chicago, IL. There are opportunities to be involved in running a day camp for elementary students or supporting a work program for high school youth that provides them with local work opportunities. There is also the possibility of serving as project coordinator for a program called Bridgebuilders by hosting teams of students who learn and serve alongside the long-term staff and community members in efforts to foster reciprocity, healthy relationships, and sustainable ministry. 

ANTICIPATED - Manila, The Philippines

Within the Manila, Philippines Servant Partners program, students will be involved in assisting in indigenous church planting and community development taking place in urban slum areas, coming alongside women exiting the sex industry by providing vocational skills training, personal development, rehabilitation, and spiritual formation, or working with at-risk young adults by offering them rehabilitation though alternative education, vocational skills training, and spiritual formation. While these placements are usually in host family's homes within impoverished communities, all have the following requirements: access to clean drinking water, access to inside plumbing, access to electricity, and access to public transportation.

ANTICIPATED - Israel/Palestine

Students will partner with Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries in Jerusalem committed to helping students engage the complex realities of Jewish life, as they work and serve with various non-profit organizations in a land often suffused with misunderstanding. Students will also partner with Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian Christian organization in Bethlehem committed to peace, reconciliation, and nonviolence in a region historically fraught with conflict. Students will serve in an interfaith context, while they learn about the complex dimensions of the region.

ANTICIPATED - San Jose, Costa Rica

Partner organizations GiveDIGNITY and Christ for the City International seek to serve the under-resourced community of La Carpio in San Jose, Costa Rica in strategic ways that empower to break the cycle of poverty through holistic development initiatives that support employment, education and the prevention of violence. Students may be involved in supporting the ministry through assisting in vocational preparation, ESL, adult literacy classes, sports outreach. They may also have the opportunity to come alongside young mothers to assist in providing early childhold stimulation activities for their children aged 0-3. Students need to be conversant in Spanish, as the ministry is very relational and entails a good deal of teaching and counseling in various capacities.

ANTICIPATED - Jakarta, Indonesia

Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan (YPPH) in collaboration with Universitas Pelita Harapan sponsors community-engagement through medical care and education throughout Indonesia, including in Jakarta. We envision student collaborations alongside schools and hospitals (though the students would not be involved in direct provision of medical care), as well as exposure to a variety of related endeavors in the areas of community and urban planning.

ANTICIPATED - Memphis, Tennessee

Service Over Self Memphis is a home repair and leadership development organization deeply rooted in three low income neighborhoods in Memphis, which provides critical home repairs for low income homeowners through the employment of community youth, trained in construction and trade skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate as camp counselors to work alongside youth to support in both leadership development and job skills throughout the summer. This is a paid opportunity!  

If you are interested in serving this summer, please contact our Assistant Director of Summer Programs Kedisha Kelly at kedisha.kelly@wheaton.edu 


If you are ready to take the next step, please visit Applying for GUP! Applications are opening soon and closing November 6th. 

Meet the Cabinet

Students outside advertising standing next to poster

From left to right:
Orientation and Operations: Abby Walhout
Orientation Assistant: Meredith Frey
Chaplain: Sara Amare
Student Director: Abigail Chen

Feel free to reach out to our cabinet members with questions!